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September 23, 2013 4:45:35 PM

Hey everyone,

Ive put a couple different configurations on here and recieved good feedback about the systems ive asked about. The only problem is i wont be building for the next 2-4 weeks and keep on researching more and more and more. I cannot set my mind on a few certain components.

Keep in mind ill be OC'ing it as high as itll go, and Haswells run hot. Pretty hardcore gaming along with extensive CAD like 3D max and Inventor, as im going to school to be an Engineer, and working on my CAD degree.

I'm set on the NZXT Phantom 530 case.
I'm set on the Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1 stick of RAM (for now).
I cannot decide on the mother board. I know i want Haswell, I'm a solid ASUS fan, but cannot decide between the following: Z87-a, Z87-pro, Maximus VI Formula, Maximus VI Hero.

I like the Formula because of the VRM water cooling and the "Armor" including all of the other additional features. The z87-a seems the best bang for buck. Then the pro seems even better... then the Hero just captures my interest and also has alot of the features the Formula has..

Now the #CPU i was set on the i5 4670k for awhile until i saw the i7 4770k hyper-threads and i realized it would be beneficial for CAD, also is just all around better.

For the GPU i was planning on the eVGA gtx760 4GB. WIll also SLI in the future.

I also want a custom water cooling loop, i was looking at the EX2-755 (Exos-2 V2), seems like a very easy, and reliable system, with that said id be able to take advantage of the formulas VRM WC. I really want to keep everything as cool as possible, will eventually bring GPU(s) and HDD/SSd into the loop.

For Storage i cant decide between a 1TB HDD or a 120GB ssd for now(I was planning on putting only OS and CAD on the #SSD and all games on HDD or dif SSD).

My friend is giving me a Power supply, Antec 650w, its free so im going to take it and try it. and with a dvd drive. I have windows 7 and don't want to include mouse, keyboard or monitor in this build.

Now with that all said, I really am trying to stay at 1200$ or lower. If any of you guys can please help me decide and keep my mind set, lol. That would be a great help.

Also it'd be helpful if you wanted to throw a list together of parts for me to go over.

:)  Thank You! :) 
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September 23, 2013 7:40:30 PM

I'd go with the Hero, went through a number of Haswell builds before deciding on it for my own build, if you can go with both the SSD and HD or get the HD now and pick up a SSD later (can always clone your OS and put it on the SSD when your get one.
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September 23, 2013 7:42:18 PM

If you dont mind explaining why you like or picked the hero over the others?
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September 23, 2013 8:11:50 PM

cause it's pretty!.......just kidding...(though I do like the color scheme), basically whenever I build a system (as time permits I try a variety of components in it - I already had a 4770K ES CPu that I know is a good one, so I try that in Haswells to get an idea of OCing potential, I also try a variety of DRAM ranging from 8GB to 32GB on the 1150 mobos and 1866 to 2666 (currently, looking to get a set of 32GB 2800 or 2933, but prices to high right now), and whatever GPUs I have handy, which is somewhat limited (I'm not a gamer so normally pick those up for individual builds or upgrades)....during the builds I made I came to think that Asus has the best handle on the Z87 mobos, the BIOSs were consistently better among Asus, the Rock and GB (I don't build on others like MSI, BioStar, etc as they all seem to have poor QC and support. Anyway, narrowed it to Asus, then further down to the Hero, it OCed better than the others, easily handled the 32 GB of 2666 I wanted to run, handled all the GPUs and SLI/Xfire setups I tried and that was enough to convince me, haven't seen a mobo yet to change my mind about it or one to upgrade to from it, including the Maximus VI Extreme or the Deluxe Dual....haven't built a Formula yet, but haven't had anyone coming up wanting the full LC that is it's big feature
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September 23, 2013 8:29:24 PM

Those are a lot of strong points for the Hero, and 100$ under the Formula. What did your 4770k actually OC to? I know they varie.. Do you think its worth the 100$ for me to get the 4779k will i utilize it enough, i dont want to get th 4670k and realize its just not enough... I also like the ROG board color schemes, ive always been a fan of blue, its my favorite color lol. But these are very nice!
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September 23, 2013 8:45:23 PM

The 4779K? Are you talking the prebuilt computer from Coenius or something like that? That's the only 4779K I can think of, it's a prebuilt with a 4770K in it, and a bit overpriced if I remember right...I've run my 4770K stable at 4.7 but it's a bit warmer there than I like for 24/7, so it's generally at 4.6...Have it with a Cooler Mater GTS V8, 32GB of 2666 and currently a 660TI, as mentioned, not a gamer but thinking of jumping to a 770 or 780 so I can use as demo to clients wanting gaming builds
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September 23, 2013 8:53:23 PM

sorry i meant 4770k lol And cool 4.6 is respectable no doubt. So i think im leaning towards the Hero, and 4770k more now than before. Is there anything else you can throw in your opinion/advice about? I appreciate it for sure!
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September 23, 2013 8:59:11 PM

Sure, what all will you be doing with it to let me have some ideas
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September 23, 2013 9:06:02 PM

Ill be gaming alot of different stuff, like assassins creed 4, BF4, GTA 5 stuff like that. Ill be using CAD programs like 3D MAX, and Inventor, and more very often for school and afterwards. How GPU intensive does that get? Not to mention would aircooling be enough to cool the CPU at say 4.5 ghz +?
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September 23, 2013 9:20:57 PM

Cooling wise, up to 4.4 the Hyper 212 EVO works fine, from there up on air can look at the Phanteks or Noctuas, I went with the Cooler Mater GTS V*, a bit more expensive but works very well, about 6 degrees better than the Noctua 14 or the Phantek, and about 12-4 degrees better than the 212 at 4.6 and up, nice and quiet. Think the 760 should be good for the GPU and will be great in SLI, as far as CAD, etc the 760 will be more than sufficient....On DRAM while 1600/1866 is fine for gaming, getting into CAD and et al, might think 2133/9 or 2400/10 for DRAM and jumping from the *GB most gaming rigs have up to 16GB anyway (I'd suggest the GSkill Tridents, been using them for over a year now in their various amounts and freqs and are far and away the best sticks I've run with Haswell builds (IB builds also)
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September 23, 2013 9:27:02 PM

I was going to ask next about the RAM, you beat me to it! :p  Im planning on getting another 8 GB stick soon just no in the initial budget, Ill look into the gskill tridents at the higher frequencies also. Im glad the GPU is enough i figured it would for gaming just wasnt sure about the CAD i hear some programs are memory intensive and other are cpu or gpu intensive..., SLI will be down the road but not just yet. I really appreciate the help!
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September 23, 2013 9:30:00 PM

Can probably close the thread, if further question can come back or simply PM me if you want
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